PARSIPPANY, N.J. and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., May 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PGA TOUR and Avis Car Rental announced today that Masters champion Bubba Watson has been voted the April PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis. As the official rental car company of the PGA TOUR, Avis will make a $50,000 contribution to the Bubba Watson Foundation. In a fan decision on PGATOUR.COM, Watson outpolled Matt Jones, Matt Kuchar and Seung-Yul Noh. The four were nominated by a panel of national media for their performances during the month of April. During April, Watson earned his second Masters Tournament title with a three-shot victory over Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt. In doing so, he became just the 17 th player to win multiple Green Jackets. Watson began the final round tied for the lead with Spieth, and posted a three-under-par 69 to secure his sixth PGA TOUR win. This is the third time Watson has been named PGA TOUR Player of the Month since Avis teamed up with the PGA TOUR to enhance the "Player of the Month" award program in 2012. Watson was also named PGA TOUR Player of the Month in April 2012 and February 2014. "PGA TOUR fans have once again recognized Bubba Watson's drive and success on the golf course," said Jeannine Haas, chief marketing officer, North America, Avis Budget Group. "We congratulate him on being named the PGA TOUR Player of the Month for the third time and are happy to donate $50,000 to his foundation." The Bubba Watson Foundation was formed in April of 2014 by Watson and his wife Angie to enhance their ability to help those in need. The Foundation's mission is to enhance the every-day lives of people in need with a particular emphasis on helping and inspiring children, young adults and those associated with the U.S. military.
"I am excited to be voted the PGA TOUR Player of the Month for the second time this year," said Watson. "Thanks to Avis, my foundation can now do even more good work for kids in need."For more information or to vote for the PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis, visit www.pgatour.com. About Avis Avis Car Rental operates one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,750 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit www.avis.com. About PGA TOUR The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China. The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players. Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $133 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR's all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion. The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
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